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Anna Manning
Anna Manning
FSA, FCIA
President and
Chief Executive Officer

Reinsurance Group of
America, Incorporated

Anna Manning is President and Chief Executive Officer of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). She assumed the role of CEO on January 1, 2017, and of President in December 2015. Anna is also a member of RGA’s Board of Directors.

She first joined RGA in 2007. From 2008 until 2011, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for RGA’s International Division. In 2011 she was named Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Markets and later assumed responsibility for RGA’s Mexican and Latin American markets as well. In 2014 Anna was named Senior Executive Vice President, Global Structured Solutions, with responsibilities for leading RGA’s transactional businesses.

Anna has more than three decades of leadership experience in the insurance industry. Before coming to RGA, Anna spent nearly two decades with the Toronto office of Towers Perrin’s Tillinghast insurance consulting practice, where she provided consulting services to the insurance industry in mergers and acquisitions, value-added performance measurement, product development, and financial reporting.

Anna is Chairman of the Longer Life Foundation, a not-for-profit collaboration between RGA and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that supports and funds groundbreaking research on longevity and wellness. In June 2020, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Geneva Association, a leading international think tank of the insurance industry. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Washington University and the BJC HealthCare Board of Directors, and she is a member of Civic Progress, a business leadership association of chief executives of St. Louis-area companies that focuses on enhancing the city and its relationships with the global community. 
 
Anna is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA). She received a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Toronto.
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​Todd C. Larson
Senior Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
Reinsurance Group of
America, Incorporated

Todd C. Larson is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). Named to this post in May 2016, he is responsible for RGA’s financial and capital management as well as for its financial reporting functions. These functions include: oversight of enterprise financial management and controls; capital market issuances by the company; development and submission of all filings required by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory bodies; and communication of corporate and financial information to the rating and investment communities. He is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.

Previously, Todd was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of RGA, a role that incorporated management of RGA’s global enterprise risk and corporate pricing oversight. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer, responsible for coordinating external reporting, management of financial reporting for RGA’s various operating segments and subsidiaries, and RGA’s capital management and treasury functions.

Todd joined RGA in 1995 as Vice President and Controller. Previously, he was Assistant Controller for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He started his career with KPMG Peat Marwick LLP in Chicago, where he was a senior manager in the audit practice.
 
Todd received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University. He is a board member of the SSM Health Hospice and Home Health Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri.
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Alain P. Néemeh
CPA, CA
Senior Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Reinsurance Group of
America, Incorporated

Since 2015, Alain Néemeh has been Senior Executive Vice President of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), responsible for RGA’s global life and health insurance business. In 2017, he was named Chief Operating Officer. He has served on RGA’s Executive Committee since 2005.

Alain joined RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada (RGA Canada) in 1997 after eight years at KPMG. In 1998, he became its Chief Financial Officer, gradually taking on increasing operational responsibilities until, in 2004, he was named RGA Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2012, prior to taking his current role, Alain assumed additional responsibility for RGA’s Australian operations and became RGA’s Executive Vice-President, Australia and Canada. 

Alain received his Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm.) degree with a concentration in accounting and a Graduate Diploma in public accountancy from McGill University in Montreal. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA), the industry association counting 99% of Canada’s life and health insurance companies as members.

Leslie Barbi
Leslie Barbi
Executive Vice President
Chief Investment Officer
Reinsurance Group of 
America, Incorporated

Leslie Barbi is Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). She leads RGA’s Investment Management team, directs the company’s investment policy and strategy, and manages the global asset portfolio. She is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.

Leslie brings more than 25 years of experience in investment management to RGA, including 15 years of investment leadership in the insurance industry. Most recently, she was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where she served as Executive Officer – Senior Vice President, Head of Public Investments. In this role, she led a team that actively managed $120 billion in fixed income portfolios, directing portfolio management, research, trading, strategy, and the asset/liability management and derivatives team. In addition, she served on multiple strategic committees, including the Investment Committee, and was a board member of Northwestern Mutual’s Wealth Management Company.

Prior to Northwestern Mutual, Leslie was Senior Managing Director, Head of Public Fixed Income at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. In this role, she managed $36 billion in fixed income assets, and was responsible for oversight of the investment process, which included a focus on process improvement, talent development and retention, strategy development for portfolio construction, and risk management. Earlier in her career, Leslie held senior positions at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO).

Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in economics from Harvard University and her M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago. Active in the industry, she has served for eight years on the advisory board of the Fixed Income Forum, an industry organization comprising heads of fixed income or chief investment officers of approximately 50 buy-side firms.

 

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Dennis Barnes, Jr.

Executive Vice President
RGA Reinsurance Company

Chief Executive Officer
RGAX LLC

 

Dennis Barnes, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of RGAX, the transformation engine of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). He is responsible for global leadership of RGAX and is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.

Dennis comes to RGAX with more than two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator in insurance direct marketing. His company, Marketing Direct, Inc. (MDI), an integrated healthcare marketing services company which he founded in 1997, was acquired in 2010 by WPP, the world’s largest provider of marketing and communication services. There, he was President of Wunderman St. Louis and Chief Client Officer of Wunderman Health, a digital agency for life insurance, pharmaceutical, medical devices and other health and wellness verticals. 

He earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and holds a certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Birthing of Giants program, which focuses on entrepreneurial development. Dennis’ awards include international recognition from Ernst & Young as the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year and local recognition from the St. Louis Chapter of the Direct Marketing Association as Direct Marketer of the Year.
 
Dennis currently serves as Board President for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). Previously he has served on the University of Missouri Strategic Development Board, as President of the St. Louis Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO) and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Magic House, St. Louis’ children’s museum. An author and speaker, Dennis has been featured in Inc. Magazine, St. Louis Commerce Magazine, Fast Forward, St. Louis Business Journal and St. Louis Small Business Monthly.
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Gay Burns
Executive Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
Reinsurance Group of
America, Incorporated

Gay Burns is Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). She is responsible for all of RGA’s global human resource strategies, including organization design, workforce and succession planning, talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, and change management. She is also Chairperson, RGA Foundation, and a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.

Gay was hired in 2011 to create and develop global human resources strategies and capabilities to support RGA’s future growth and development. She has approximately 30 years of global experience in human resource management, in both reinsurance and financial services. Prior to joining RGA, she was with Swiss Re, where she worked in Zurich, Switzerland as the Managing Director, Talent Development and as Managing Director, Global HR Operations. Before then, she was a human resources executive with Employer’s Reinsurance Corporation, a General Electric subsidiary. She also held several human resources positions during her 17 years in GE Capital’s credit card and vehicle leasing businesses and in GE’s Six Sigma organization. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Gay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) from Missouri Southern State University, and her Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) from Webster University, in Missouri. In 2013, she was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of St. Louis’s “25 Most Influential Business Women.” Since moving to St. Louis, she has become an active member of the local business community. She is a member of the Board of Directors and the Governance Committee Chair for FOCUS St. Louis, a member of the Board of Trustees for Webster University, a member of the Immigration & Innovation Steering Committee of the St. Louis Mosaic Project, and a member of the United Way of St. Louis’s de Tocqueville Society and Women’s Leadership Society.

Larry Carson
Lawrence S. Carson
FSA
Executive Vice President
Global Financial Solutions

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated


Lawrence S. Carson is Executive Vice President of the Global Financial Solutions (GFS) unit of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated. GFS is responsible for RGA’s asset-intensive, capital-motivated, and bulk longevity reinsurance businesses, collaborating worldwide to support client capital needs with customized reinsurance solutions. Larry is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.

Most recently, Larry was Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary of GFS, where he oversaw all aspects of pricing and risk management. Before joining RGA in 1999, he was with the actuarial firm of Milliman and Robertson (now Milliman Inc.), where he worked on demutualizations, mergers and acquisitions valuations, and market conduct class-action settlements. Previously, he was with Equitable Life Assurance Society, where he held several actuarial positions.

Larry received a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in mathematics with honors from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA). He has served in various roles with the Society of Actuaries Reinsurance Section Council, was a member of the Academy’s Life Reinsurance Work Group, and has spoken at numerous industry meetings.

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​Tony Cheng
FIAA
Executive Vice President
Head of Asia

RGA Asia
Tony Cheng, Executive Vice President, Head of Asia for RGA Reinsurance Company (RGA), leads and provides executive oversight for RGA Asia operations. He is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee. 

Tony, who joined RGA in 1997, has nearly a quarter-century of life insurance industry experience. He joined RGA in 1997 as Chief Actuary of Malaysian Life Reinsurance Group Berhad, RGA’s joint venture with the Life Insurance Association of Malaysia. He moved to RGA’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri (U.S.), in 1999, and then relocated to Hong Kong in 2002. In 2004, Tony was named Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong office, responsible for all business activity in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, and in 2011, was appointed Senior Vice President, Asia, an expanded role incorporating overall management of RGA Asia. 

Tony received a Bachelor of Economics (B.Ec.) degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis’s John M. Olin School of Business. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA) in 1997. An active participant in the Actuarial Society of Hong Kong, Tony was elected its President in 2008 and served as a council member of the Society from 2005 to 2015. He has also served as Chair of its Experience and Life Committees. 
 
Olav Cuipier
Olav Cuiper
Executive Vice President,
Head of RGA EMEA
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Olav Cuiper is Executive Vice President and Head of EMEA, RGA. Based in the Netherlands, he is also on the board of directors of RGA International Reinsurance Company dac, a subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America Incorporated. He is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee. 

Olav has more than 30 years of financial services industry experience, encompassing market development and strategy, national and international insurance markets, and group life insurance. Prior to joining RGA in 2009, he was Managing (statutory) Director Europe for Fortis Insurance International (with board positions across Europe). Before then, he was Managing (statutory) Director of Group Life/Institutional Clients for Delta Lloyd Insurance NV. His work experience also includes business development positions with Sedgwick/Mercer and with Goudse Verzekeringen in the Netherlands.

Olav studied Business Administration at the University of Nijmegen and Utrecht, and has completed leadership courses at Columbia University in New York City. 
 
Mike Emerson
Michael L. Emerson

FSA, MAAA, CPA (inactive)
Executive Vice President
Head of U.S. and Latin American Markets
Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated

Michael L. Emerson is Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. and Latin American Markets for RGA Reinsurance Company (RGA). He oversees traditional business operations in these markets, which in the U.S. includes U.S. Mortality Markets, Individual Health, and Group Reinsurance. He is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee. 

He joined RGA in 2010 as part of the acquisition of ING Reinsurance, and had been with ING and its predecessor company, ReliaStar (acquired by ING in 2000), since 1997. Mike led ING’s group reinsurance business from 2002 and its individual business from 2003 until its 2004 sale to Scottish Re. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary for MidAmerica Mutual Life Insurance Company and before then spent several years with Deloitte, providing actuarial and financial consulting to life insurance companies.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He also received an M.B.A. in accounting and a Master of Science (M.S.) in actuarial science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (inactive). Mike is also a member of the Board of Directors of LL Global, the parent company of LIMRA and LOMA, for a term beginning January 1, 2020. 
 
Alka Gautam
Alka Gautam
MBA, CPA, CA
President and
Chief Executive Officer
RGA Canada



Alka Gautam is Executive Vice President of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA) and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada (RGA Canada), a wholly-owned subsidiary of RGA. She is responsible for RGA’s Technology and Operational Effectiveness divisions and leads all business activities for RGA Canada. She is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.

Ms. Gautam joined RGA Canada in 2000 following 10 years with KPMG. She became RGA Canada’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer in 2006, was named its Chief Operating Officer in 2014, and in 2015 was named RGA Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Gautam received her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and M.B.A. degrees from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Active in the industry, she has served on several life insurance industry committees throughout her career. She is currently a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA), the industry association counting 99% of Canada’s life and health insurance companies as members. She is also a past Chair of the Canadian Reinsurance Conference.

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​John P. Laughlin
Executive Vice President  

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated


 
John P. Laughlin, Executive Vice President, Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), is Senior Adviser to RGA and a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.

Prior to his current role, John served for more than a decade as Executive Vice President of RGA’s Global Financial Solutions unit. Under his leadership, GFS grew into RGA’s global asset-intensive, capital-motivated, and bulk longevity reinsurance business. John first came to RGA in 1995 when the company acquired then-employer ITT Financial Corporation, a major provider of financial reinsurance in the U.S.

John received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his Master of Science (M.S.) degree in finance from St. Louis University.
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Jonathan Porter
FSA, FCIA
Executive Vice President
Global Chief Risk Officer

Reinsurance Group of
America, Incorporated
Jonathan Porter is Executive Vice President and Global Chief Risk Officer for Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), a role that incorporates both management of RGA’s global enterprise risk management and corporate pricing oversight. He has deep insights into RGA’s global business, having previously served as Chief Pricing Actuary of International Markets, and more recently as Senior Vice President, Global Analytics and In-Force Management, which he continues to lead. He is also a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.  

Before joining RGA in 2008, Jonathan worked for Manulife Financial for almost 15 years, where his last position was Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Life Insurance.

Jonathan received a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA).
 
Tim Rozar
Timothy L. Rozar
FSA, CERA
Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff to the CEO
Reinsurance Group of
America, Incorporated

As Chief of Staff for Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), Timothy L. Rozar performs a multifaceted role that includes leading multiple corporate initiatives, both domestically and internationally, in support of the executive office. 

Prior to his current role, Tim served as CEO of RGAX, the innovation accelerator of RGA. Tim started his career with RGA in 1996 as a pricing actuary and has previously led RGA’s U.S. product development, management information and research teams. Tim also served as RGA’s Global Head of Research and Data Analytics, overseeing predictive analytics, biometric research, competitive intelligence and actuarial experience analysis.

Tim is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Actuaries and as chair of the Society of Actuaries’ Product Development Section Council. He received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in actuarial science from Maryville University, and his M.B.A. from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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​William L. Hutton
Executive Vice President
General Counsel and Secretary
Reinsurance Group of
America, Incorporated

Bill Hutton is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated. He is responsible for legal services provided throughout the RGA enterprise.

Bill has been advising RGA on legal matters since 1998 and became General Counsel in 2011. In addition to his role as the company’s securities, finance and corporate governance counsel, he had significant roles in RGA’s successful separation from MetLife in 2008 and the acquisition of ING’s Group Reinsurance business in 2009. Prior to joining RGA, Bill was in private practice with two law firms in St. Louis, Missouri.

He holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Southern Illinois University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in finance from Eastern Illinois University. He is a member of the bar in both Missouri and Illinois.